Artist

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Year
Paris 1699 - 1779
Price range
1,000,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Among the most admired still-life painters of all times, Chardin was undoubtedly the greatest of the eighteenth century.

However, after his death in 1779 oblivion rapidly overtook his name and art until his rediscovery in the mid-nineteenth century by the ‘Realist’ critic Théophile Thoré, also the champion of Vermeer, and the Goncourt brothers who revived the taste for French rococo art.

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Selected artworks
Market

Top 3 auction prices

1,495,047 $
1992
2,200,000 $
1992
4,002,500 $
2013
From our journal
Notable Exhibitions

Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Chardin, 7 September – 22 November 1999; travelled to Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum am Ehrenhof, 5 December 1999 – 20 February 2000; London, Royal Academy of Arts, 11 March – 29 May 2000; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 27 June – 3 September 2000. Curated by Pierre Rosenberg.

Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Chardin: 1699–1779, 29 January – 30 April 1979; travelled to Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, 6 June – 12 August 1979 and Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 18 September – 19 November 1979. Curated by Pierre Rosenberg.

 

Books on Chardin

Pierre Rosenberg and Florence Bruyant, Chardin, exh. cat., London, 2000.

Jonathan Crary, ‘The Camera Obscura and Its Subject’ in Techniques of the Observer, Cambridge and London, 1990.

Philip Conisbee, Chardin, Oxford, 1985.

Pierre Rosenberg, Tout l’Oeuvre Peint de Chardin, Paris, 1983.

Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, French Eighteenth-Century Painters: Watteau, Boucher, Chardin, La Tour, Greuze, Fragonard, 1880-2, trans. Robin Ironside, Ithaca, 1981.

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